2014 Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium



NOVEMBER 6-9, 2014 at Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY



New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care & The Garrison Institute are launching the second semi-annual Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium to give practitioners tools and insights to provide the most effective palliative and end-of-life care possible. This groundbreaking gathering encourages leading researchers, physicians, spiritual care providers and patient advocates to learn from each other and grow as healers.  Participants will share contemplative best practices and experiential teachings, while collectively beginning work toward common standards of practice.


Neuroscience research has demonstrated the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness-based techniques in both patient healing and caregiver self-care. Mindfulness practices are increasingly being explored and used, particularly by palliative and end-of-life care teams. Many institutions with an integrative medicine focus are exploring how to incorporate contemplative techniques into their standard of practice, with the objective of cost-effectively improving both patient and staff outcomes.

Who Should Attend

Professionals working in palliative and hospice care, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers.

Social Workers: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886535357-2842) for 22 clinical social work continuing education contact hours.

Medical Doctors: Mount Sinai Beth Israel has designated this live activity for a maximum of 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Nurses:  We are awaiting our approval for an estimated 14.75 contact hours from New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation.

We are happy to announce that SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE to attend the Symposium.  Scholarship recipients receive 50% off the registration price for a double or triple room. To apply for scholarship support, please click here.

About New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

Recognized as true pioneers and leaders in the Buddhist Chaplaincy field, the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care is creatively transforming pastoral care by being both the first and only Buddhist organization to be fully-accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, as an CPE Clinical Chaplaincy Training Center in America. NYZCCC also partners with schools such as New York Theological and Arizona’s Integrative School of Medicine combining Buddhist contemplative practices into the fields of professional caregiving and medical training.  NYZCCC focuses on creating dynamic education that is interfaith and experience-based for those seeking to deepen their spiritual, caregiving practice while also offering direct bedside care and counseling to those who are experiencing sickness, death and loss.

About The Garrison Institute

The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization exploring the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world.  Their program initiatives: Contemplation and Education, Transforming Trauma and Transformational Ecology – create rigorous, innovative, contemplative-based tools and approaches to help teachers, caregivers, human service providers, environmentalists and others on the front lines of social and environmental engagement succeed.  The Garrison Institute is a renovated monastery an hour from Manhattan, offering an authentic contemplative setting alongside the Hudson River.



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